The political discussion surrounding the ‘fiscal cliff’ is becoming even more absurd. Let’s revisit 2011 for a moment, then compare it to 2012.
Just after the 2011 debt ceiling deal was reached House Speaker John Boehner said: “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I’m pretty happy.”
As reported here, President Obama’s proposal to cut federal budget deficits by $4 trillion over 12 years, compared with a deficit reduction of $4.4 trillion over 10 years in the Republican plan wasn’t acceptable by the Right. President Obama was offering a debt ceiling deal with far less revenue than the bipartisan ‘Gang of Six’ — Harry Reid offered an all-cuts deal that would make any Republican weep tears of joy — but, the Tea Party-led House still said no.
What’s different today?
Leverage or the lack thereof. Republicans put on their partisan boots and walked all over our new President, leaving footprints that would surely scar — until now. Republicans are witnessing the President Obama of last term morph into a two-term President. When Obama was first elected, I wanted to lend him my (female) balls. The tea party laughed while suffocating our economy with freakish demands. Standing up to the obstructionist House couldn’t be an easy task, but to our dismay he attempted a bipartisan demeanor during times when it was never reciprocated. Obama has one last term to leave an indelible mark in history of a man who made a difference.
We rate Mitch McConnell’s promise as ‘broken.’ The reason Mitch’s vow was broken has everything to do with We the People. Speaking of Mitch, reportedly he stated that he laughed out loud (again, out loud!) after receiving Geithner’s proposal.
Well this is the only image that I could come up with showing Mitch laughing, so this must be it.
Definition: The support or commission given to a government and its policies or an elected representative and his policies through an electoral victory.
Our reelected President campaigned on tax revenue obtained by raising taxes on those who can afford it, and not on those who cannot. In typical GOP hostage-taking demeanor, John Boehner said no (Wow, that’s a first. A Republican saying, no. That never happens.) to tax cuts for the middle class.
The President campaigned on it. The President is pushing ahead with his campaign traveling to various locations to garner more support. The President was reelected by the popular vote and the electoral, which brings us back to that beautiful word ‘Mandate’.
Do carry on Republicans, but that sound you hear in the background are your own shovels digging your political graves. Republicans should have learned after the shellacking they suffered to never, ever bet against the American people.
GOP, it’s not all about you. Leverage doesn’t mean what you think it means.